Sunday, October 14, 2012

Seven Wonders, by Adam Christopher

Seven Wonders, by Adam Christopher

Novels following superheroes are becoming more common; some are great, and some aren't. Seven Wonders falls somewhere in the middle, but leaning very heavily toward the "great" side of the equation.

The Seven Wonders is the bastion of justice, a group of the best heroes that has nearly eradicated crime. The last remaining supervillain, the Cowl, opposes them. The battle between these two has raged for years, but despite a seven-to-one manpower advantage for the forces of good a stalemate reigns. Into this world an average man develops amazing powers, and decides to join the battle. Interestingly, neither side is thrilled with this...

This is a strong book, with characters that are unique enough for the reader not to simply sub in "Superman," "Batman," or "The Joker" when encountering a new hero or villain. The plot starts off with a superpowered bank robbery, and then grows from a earthbound fantasy to an interstellar one. As we reach the climax things get weird enough that it nearly lost me, but the ending is satisfying enough. There is just enough adult language throughout that I would hesitate recommending this to a young reader, but overall a great escapist read.

First Sentence:
It wasn't until the following week that Tony realized he could fly.

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